• 4 minutes Ten Years of Plunging Solar Prices
  • 7 minutes Hydrogen Capable Natural Gas Turbines
  • 10 minutes World looks on in horror as Trump flails over pandemic despite claims US leads way
  • 13 minutes Large gas belt discovered in China
  • 7 hours Would bashing China solve all the problems of the United States
  • 12 hours COVID 19 May Be Less Deadly Than Flu Study Finds
  • 5 hours Yale University Epidemiologist Publishes Paper on Major Benefits of Hydroxchloroquine for High-risk Outpatients. Quacksalvers like Fauci should put lives ahead of Politics
  • 1 hour China to Impose Dictatorship on Hong Kong
  • 5 hours Incompetent "Journalists"
  • 12 hours Model 3 cheaper to buy than BMW 3 series.
  • 2 hours Thugs in Trumpistan
  • 14 hours Iran's first oil tanker has arrived near Venezuela
  • 15 hours Let’s Try This....
  • 17 hours Chicago Threatens To Condemn - Possibly Demolish - Churches Defying Lockdown
  • 20 hours HVDC Cheaper Than Low-carbon Natural Gas
  • 14 hours Pompeo's Hong Kong
  • 6 hours 60 mph electric mopeds
  • 20 hours Oil and Gas After COVID-19
Russia Considers Extending Oil Output Cuts Beyond June

Russia Considers Extending Oil Output Cuts Beyond June

Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak…

The Risky Road To Oil Demand Recovery

The Risky Road To Oil Demand Recovery

Oil demand is rebounding quickly…

Nissan LEAF Autonomous Drive Takes First Public Road Test

The first ever vehicle with autonomous drive capabilities has been granted a license plate in Japan, allowing the Nissan LEAF Autonomous Drive to take to the streets of Tokyo.

The brave participant in this first time event? None other than the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; demonstrating the strong support that the Japanese government show for new vehicle technologies.

Related article: The Great Race for Battery Technology

The Prime Minister was taken on a drive along the roads around the National Diet Front Garden, a public park in the centre of Tokyo positioned between the Imperial Palace and Japan’s parliament.

Nissan LEAF Autonomous Drive

The event was organised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, in conjunction with three Japanese automobile manufacturers, to showcase the country’s progress in developing technologies such as autonomous drive systems, and the support that the government gives to the industry.

The Nissan LEAF acts as the base model upon which autonomous drive technologies are tested. The vehicle which drove the Prime Minister around was equipped with various cameras, laser scanners and radar, all of which help it to detect other cars on the road, nearby pedestrians, traffic lights, traffic signs, and any other object that could impact on the vehicle as it moves along its programmed route.

Related article: Under Pressure to Innovate, GM Unveils Bi-Fuel Sedan

All data gathered by the vehicles sensory systems is processed by an on-board computer that then makes appropriate decisions and manipulates the car through automatic control of acceleration, braking, direction, and more.

The Nissan LEAF Autonomous Drive prototype was first unveiled at Nissan 360, an event held in California in August 2013 to show off and test drive new technologies. The company announced that it plans to offer a commercially available Autonomous Drive by the end of the decade, and that the technology will be sold for the entire model range within two vehicle generations.

Nissan is now working on the construction of an autonomous drive proving ground that will test the vehicle and its technologies to the limit in a large number of dangerous situations that they may face in the real world when released for public sale.

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage



Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News